Moon Lantern Festival
Featuring the Hong Kong Dragon
This year’s Moon Lantern Festival will be spectacular! Australia’s largest lantern parade celebration returns with a stunning new design concept, never-before-seen lanterns and for the first time, will feature the Hong Kong Dragon – the largest lantern created for a moon lantern festival.
Bring family and friends together and wander through Elder Park to look at the lantern installations, explore Adelaide’s food truck cuisine and watch roving performances. After sunset, get ready for a new lantern parade followed by amazing fireworks over the River Torrens.
OzAsia Festival’s Moon Lantern Festival is designed by Simone Romaniuk.
Moon Lantern Festival 2015 Event Schedule
4:00pm Event start
4:00 – 7:00pm Workshops and performances
7:00pm Moon Lantern Parade
8:10pm Fireworks (weather permitting)
8:30pm Event concludes
Food service in the park is from 4:00pm – 8:30pm and vendor information will be released on Facebook. Also look out for Dragon Boat racing on the River Torrens from 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
Please note that the above is an approximate guide to the event timing only and may be subject to change without notice.
Download the printable map here.
The Moon Lantern Festival is an alcohol-free event (but drinks are available for purchase and consumption at the Night Noodle Markets and around the Dunstan Playhouse). It is recommended you bring cash (food trucks may not all have card facilities) as there are limited ATMs available and none on-site in Elder Park. Please do not bring pets.
About the Mid-Autumn Festival
Moon Lantern Festival is another name for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is an official harvest festival traditionally celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese. It started as early as 16th to 10th century BCE in the Shang Dynasty. Today, it is celebrated across Asia.
The festival is often held on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month in the Chinese calendar and Vietnamese calendar, during a full moon. Celebrations involve gatherings of family and friends, and include traditions such as burning of incense, eating mooncakes, and performances of dragon and lion dancers.
An important part of the festival is the carrying of colorful and brightly lit lanterns. This tradition has evolved over the centuries, sometimes having riddles written on them for people to solve. At OzAsia Festival’s Moon Lantern Festival, they are for all to enjoy and celebrate this cultural event with.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre Website here.
Find out more about the OzAsia Festival here.
What: Moon Lantern Festival 2015
When: Sunday 27 September 2015 | 4 – 8.30 pm
Where: Elder Park | King William Road, Adelaide
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